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North Korea should not give up its nuclear weapons for its national security.
North Korea does not have superiority against South Korea in terms of economic and traditional military power, which leads to the necessity of having nuclear weapons.
Brad Glosserman, the executive director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the US, said,
“Nuclear weapons capability is the only thing that distinguishes North Korea from South Korea, and the inter-Korean competition is profound. This is the only one in which North Korea is on top, so they’ve got to keep those weapons.”
As of 1975, South Korea overtook North Korea in terms of per capita GDP in the following
In terms of military expenditure, South Korea exceeded North Korea in the mid-1970s, and in the late 1970s, the amount of military budget in South Korea was almost twice larger than that of North Korea as we can see from the
In terms of
main battle tanks, combat aircrafts, helicopters and frigates/destroyers
, South Korea is stronger than North Korea.
Inferior position of North Korea against South Korea in terms of economy and traditional military does not necessarily lead to the necessity of having nukes. Pyeongyang can develop other non-conventional weapons.
In terms of the size of
active-duty troops, artillery pieces, and submarines
, North Korea enjoys superiority over South Korea.